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The message tool is nice, but anything you want to learn about what is happening is problematic because the messages you are writing to try to understand your workflow are lost in a sea of other messages. This is especially problematic when you are trying to understand what is happening within a macro and you enable 'show all macro messages' in the runtime options.
That being said, what would really help is for messages created with the message tool to have a tag as a user created message. Then, at message evaluation time, you get all errors / all conversion warnings / all warnings / all user defined messages. In this way, when you write an iterative macro and are giving yourself the state of the data on a run by run basis, you can just goto a panel that shows you just your messages, and not the entire syslog which is like drinking out of a fire hose.
Thank you for attending my ted talk regarding Message Tool Improvements.